I am not sure where I got this but I have found it helpful in helping confirmation students understand what we are actually saying when we pray the Lord’s Prayer. Too often when we pray this very well known prayer we just vocalize the words without much thought about what we are asking for in this great prayer. I know this is not perfect and that we could probably fine tune this but I think you will get the point. Let me know what you think.
LORD’S PRAYER – IN TODAY’S LANGUAGE.
Hey God…THE creator of everything,
You are awesome!
Help me to experience your presence everyday,
and help me to see what you want me to do in this world.
Please give me what I need to live each day
and forgive me when I mess up,
but I also ask that I have the strength to forgive those who hurt me as well.
Please don’t tempt me and please keep me safe from evil.
And…as I said before…you are awesome,
always and forever.
This one thing I know:
you have promised to hear me and will give me what I have asked in this prayer.
THANK YOU GOD!
See you soon.
And…if you don’t like this version I challenge you to write your own. Get out your Small Catechism and review this prayer. Then…being writing. This could serve as a great devotional exercise.
I just might have to do that.